Weathermelon Weather Report - September 20, 2019
IRVINE, CA - Good morning, AndNowUKnow readers!
Today I am bringing you some of the category and weather news from around the industry. Check back twice weekly to see the latest around all growing regions.
TROPICAL STORM LORENA HEADED TOWARDS BAJA CALIFORNIA GROWING REGIONS
Over the past two days, Tropical Storm Lorena has been hugging the West Coast of Mexico along the states of Michoacán, Colima, and Jalisco, dropping several inches of rain during the process.
The storm has now left the coast, and per the National Hurricane Center, it is now headed towards the Baja peninsula. The storm is expected to scoot up the Pacific Coast, dropping rain throughout the weekend in the growing regions of La Paz, Cd. Constitución, Vizcaino, and possibly San Quintín. If it rains in San Quintín, it will happen on Monday.
Please check with shippers out of San Diego to see if any of their growing regions will be affected.
This same storm might bring rain to the Southern Arizona growing regions around Phoenix and Yuma, which should be close to kicking off their fall melon season.
MICHIGAN HEAT TO END SUNDAY WITH RAINS
Temperatures in Michigan have been warmer than normal over the last week with highs in the mid 80°s and lows in the 60°s. Saturday will be the hottest day of the week, peaking around 85°. Come Sunday, temperatures will fall 12° to 15° as a storm comes through with a 50 percent possibility of dropping up to 1.00” of rain across the state.
High temperatures next week will hover around 70° and low temperatures will be in the upper 50°s.
WARMER TEMPERATURES START TOMORROW IN CALIFORNIA
California and Baja California are still on track for warmer temperatures this weekend and will continue through next Wednesday.
Salinas will hit a high of 84° tomorrow and then will peak at 87° next Wednesday and Thursday.
Santa Maria will hit 84° tomorrow and a high of 85° next Wednesday and Thursday.
Ensenada, BC, Mexico, which is a large berry growing region, will hit a high of 87° on Sunday and will remain in the 80°s through Wednesday.
Even San Quintin, the main summer veg and tomato region in Baja California, which has seen highs in the 70°s this past week, will see high temperatures in the mid 80°s this weekend.
TROPICAL DEPRESSION IMELDA SHOULDN’T AFFECT TEXAS WATERMELONS
As bad as Imelda has been for the Houston area these past few days, it doesn’t appear it will bring rain to the watermelon growing regions of West Texas. Midland and Plains growing regions will stay dry. If you are familiar with other current growing regions that may be affected, please let us know.
HURRICANE JERRY IS SPINNING IN THE ATLANTIC BUT WILL NOT HIT THE U.S.
Jerry is out over the Atlantic heading Westward at the moment. By Sunday evening, Jerry is expected to make a hard right and head North making a beeline for Bermuda. We will update you on Tuesday.
Thank you as always! We will be back next week with another report.